FLORHAM PARK–It might not have looked that good, but after the win against the Broncos, the Jets, at 5-1, now have the best record in the league, which, before the season started was the goal that Rex Ryan set out for his team.
“We made a ton of mistakes,” Ryan said of yesterday’s game. “Played on a short week, but we never gave up faith.”
Once the team returns they will have a lot of work to do. “We need to improve as a team,” Ryan said. “We know what we want to accomplish as a team.” Ryan also guaranteed that “this defense isn’t close to where it’s going to be at the end of the year.”
They all know there’s work to be done. Vernon Gholston said, “We looked at tape and saw things we didn’t do too well. But the biggest thing is to get that win.”
Darrelle Revis was in the locker room, he said the swelling he experienced in his leg after the game yesterday has gone down. However, he is spending the week in New Jersey continuing his rehab. As for a time frame when he might be fully back to normal, he didn’t want to speculate on that. “I wish I could snap my fingers and it could happen,” he said. “In due time I will be 100%. In the meantime, he’ll do more acupuncture, stretching and strengthening to try to reach that goal.
You may have noticed that Dustin Keller got up holding his wrist after making a tackle on one of Mark Sanchez’s interceptions. He finished the game but Ryan said he is likely going to have an MRI. Keller was not in the locker room when we were in there.
LaDainian Tomlinson now has 38 career games with at least two rushing touchdowns, the most in NFL history.
Jim Leonhard, wearing a Revis Island t-shirt, was off to Wisconsin, but not before discussing the penalty that was thrown on him yesterday for the helmet-to-helmet hit on Brandon Lloyd. “I saw [the replay] once,” he said. “I don’t agree with the call. They’re going to [come down] on the side of safety. I didn’t feel like I led with my head.” Leonhard has not yet heard from the league regarding whether or not he will receive a fine.
As for the issues that the defensive backs have been dealing with, namely communication, Leonhard said they have worked hard and corrected a lot of things. “Guys are settling in,” he said. “We’re making plays. I always say the more lessons you can learn when you’re winning, the better.”
Most guys are heading home or off on a vacation of some sort for the bye week. Ryan, who was on his way to his son’s football game when he spoke to us, will get away for a couple of days this week including a quick trip to Baltimore on Saturday night for a reunion of the Ravens 2000 Super Bowl champions.
Bryan Thomas is headed back to Birmingham to see family, including his nephew who plays defensive tackle at the same high school (Miner) Thomas did and who also has potential to play at the college level.
John Conner, getting a taste of his first week off where he doesn’t also have to do school work is headed home and planning to go to Homecoming.
Given all of the drama experienced by this team over the past couple of months, the players were reminded that they need to pay attention to their behavior off the field. “Be pros,” Ryan said he told them. “You represent the Jets on and off the field. The number one thing is to be safe.”